Germany’s Transition To Green Energies Is “An Impending Disaster”, German Expert Tells Audience

Last Thursday evening in Münster, Germany, amid an atmosphere of loudly protesting students and Extinction Rebellion activists outside shouting obscenities and beating drums, prominent SPD social democrat and climate science critic Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt spoke on why Germany was headed down the wrong path with its now flailing transition to green energies, dubbed “Energiewende“.

Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt. Image: GWPF. 

Vahrenholt called the Energiewende: “An impending disaster.”

According to the Westfälische Nachricten here, “Scientists for Future activists handed out leaflets to emphasize that in their opinion the climate models of the IPCC (‘Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’) accurately depicted climate warming and that only trace gas CO2 was responsible for it.”

Hat-tip: Die kalte Sonne

But Vahrenholt, former environment senator of Hamburg, refuted the claims and showed why he thought CO2 is only half responsible for climate change today and that the rest was due to natural factors like sun and clouds.

In his 45-minute presentation, Vahrenholt showed those in attendance how Germany’s foray into green energies was doomed to fail. As leaders in Germany continue to insist wind energy is able to supply the country’s energy needs, Vahrenholt – an environmentalist and one of the founders of Germany’s modern environmental movement – pointed out the major technical obstacle: the inability to store wind energy for periods of low wind.

“Not even in the grid, like one well-known Green politician claimed,” said Vahrenholt, taking a shot at Green party leader Annalena Baerbock, who once famously claimed the power grid could store energy.

German electricity prices among world’s highest

Vahrenholt also reminded that the Energiewende has made Germany’s electricity prices among the highest in the world and that it would hit the poor especially hard. “I never understood the SPD here,” said Vahrenholt, criticizing his own party. The retired professor said it would take 90,000 wind turbines to supply Germany with electricity, a number that would lead to the country having a turbine every 2 kilometers.

The Westfälische Nachrichten sums up on whether the Energiewende is going to work:

At the end of the complex, 45-minute presentation, the majority in the hall were probably convinced: it can’t. The facts and figures presented by the environmentalist were too overwhelming.”

7 responses to “Germany’s Transition To Green Energies Is “An Impending Disaster”, German Expert Tells Audience”

  1. Zoe Phin

    “why he thought CO2 is only half responsible for climate change today and that the rest was due to natural factors like sun and clouds.”

    Half by sun/clouds, half by geothermal change. Greenhouse effect is just geothermal flipped upside down.

  2. Don from OZ

    There is no reasoning with arrogant stupidity.

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  4. John F. Hultquist

    What is the longest period over the last 1- or 200 years without wind sufficient to generate electricity?
    Assume 3 weeks. Storage?

  5. richard

    even 90,000 wind turbines suppling the electricity needs, and I’m not sure it would, it is not taking into account total energy needs increasing at 2% per year.

  6. tom0mason

    If the percentage of wind derived electricity gets much higher, then consumers will have to be mandated when they can consume.
    This will be like a mass synchronized swimming dance where the citizen consumers get extra lead weights (high bills) and struggle to stay afloat, while most favored individuals and industries (government cronies) are given inflatables (local fossil fuel generation) to help weather the instabilities all those intermittent generators and consumers create.

    Good Luck Germany and may you continue to lead the world in exposing the folly of this idea.

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